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C-Elementary Science –MS Update – August 2012. Wayne Fisher Elementary Science Specialist [email protected] 980 343 0621.

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C elementary science ms update august 2012

C-Elementary Science –MSUpdate – August 2012

Wayne FisherElementary Science [email protected] 343 0621


My mission is to help teachers be better teachers, students better students, schools better schools, and the world a better place.”Wayne Fisher, Elementary Science Specialist


What is the most important thing about elementary science
What is the most important thing about elementary science?

  • Academic Vocabulary?

  • Reading and Writing in Science?

  • Hands-on experiments?

  • Aligning Activities to Objectives?

  • Formative and Summative Assessments?

  • 5th Grade EOG Scores?


The answer is
The Answer Is ……

None of the above!




  • The right question is according to Wayne Fisher is …..

    How do we excite students about learning? …. and learning elementary science in particular.


Let’s take a look at EOG scores for the old Standard Course of Study.

That exercise will give us a clue as to how to excite students about science.


Growth of eog scores
Growth of EOG Scores Course of Study.

  • 2007-2008 39.6 % baseline

  • 2008-2009 59.9 %

  • 2009-2010 68.3 %

  • 2010-2011 73.0 %

  • 2011-2012 75.0 %

  • New Baseline for Essential Standard in 2012-2013


What made a difference in growth of eog scores
What made a difference in growth of EOG scores? Course of Study.

Focus on Best Practices

  • A challenging and rigorous curriculum

  • Reading and writing in science

  • Inquiry based learning – science labs

  • Innovative use of technology – Discovery Ed

  • Formative and summative assessments


Specific stem initiatives
Specific STEM Initiatives Course of Study.

  • Make time for science! 3 x 45 minutes minimum

  • Professional Development focused on building content knowledge and pedagogy.

    • SITE Science K-2

    • SITE Science 3-5

    • NASA STEM Educators’ Workshop

    • UNCC K-12 STEM Conference (January 3rd, 2013)

    • 5th Grade Science Conference

    • STEM Institute for Elementary Science


Get students excited
Get Course of Study.Students Excited!

  • Science Olympiad, It’s Elementary! 12-20-28

  • Camp Invention! 4-17-24-44-47-42

  • Engineering Is Elementary! 3-8-14-20-35-40

  • Science Labs 6-14-22-30-40

  • STEMpalooza! -- LegoRobotics0-5-15-18

  • Science/Engineering Fairs 10-16-26-30-40

  • STEM Days/Nights at School 0-3-12-15


District wide support
District-Wide Support Course of Study.

  • Sharing Information

    • Elementary Science Listserves K/2, 2/3, 4/5

      • http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/ci/mathandscience/Pages/Listserv.aspx

    • Elementary Science Wiki

      • http://elementaryscience.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/

        You will have a chance to sign up for the Science Listserve and/or the Science Wiki in your breakout session!


Elementary science alliance for 2012 2013
Elementary Science Alliance Course of Study.for 2012-2013

  • Purpose: Provide opportunities for grade level teachers to meet to share ideas to excite students about science.

  • When: 3rd Tuesday of each month9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/163:15-4:45 3:45-5:15 4:15-5:45 4:45-6:15

  • Where: Various schools throughout CMS

  • Who: Grade level teachers and host teachers


Do you have high expectations for yourself? Course of Study.

Do you have high expectations for your students?

What do high expectations look, sound, and feel like?


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